Ukraine: Missiles in Donetsk, 15 dead and 24 in rubble – Europe

The death toll has risen to at least 15 after a Hurricane missile hit a residential building in an attack by Russian forces against the town of Chasiv Yar in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region. Local emergency services reported this. So far 5 people have been rescued.

“During the rescue operations, 15 people died at the scene and five people were pulled out of the rubble,” the local branch of the Ukrainian emergency service wrote on Facebook. At least 24 people are still trapped under the rubble and rescuers are in contact with three of them. It is not clear if the other 21 survived.

Initially, the head of the regional military administration, Pavel Kirilenko, announced that six people were killed and another 30, including a nine-year-old boy, were trapped under the rubble of the building during these hours.

About 592,000 Ukrainian citizens – meanwhile – are without electricity. It was announced by the Kyiv Ministry of Energy that – as reported by the Kyiv Independent – most are located in Donetsk (350,000), Luhansk (130,000), Mykolaiv (30,000) and Kharkiv (28,000) regions.

“In the last 24 hours, electricity has been restored to 22,300 consumers cut off due to hostilities. Specifically, 11,900 in Donetsk Oblast, 6,800 in Mykolaiv, 2,800 in Kharkiv and 800 in Zaporizhia,” he wrote in a statement. The ministry said emergency rescue operations in some areas were complicated by intense fighting, demining operations and fresh damage to power grids.

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire believes a “total cutoff of gas supplies from Russia” is “the most likely scenario today.” As Bloomberg reported, the minister said at the Aix-en-Provence forum that “we have to prepare” in Europe.

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